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Laurence Stevenson

7th March 2014 by Tim Cole

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Radio show "The Arms of Morpheus"

Scots-born Canadian Laurence Stevenson is a retired, international award-winning radio producer. He is also a mobile music creator who likes things spare and sloooooow, with no audio clutter.

He's been using our software since the days of Koan. Way back then he was using it to create sonic beds for his CBC Radio Show (Outfront). These days he has transitioned to using Noatikl Mobile and Mixtikl Mobile.

For fun, he runs a late-night radio show on his local community station where he puts out "The Arms of Morpheus - The Sleep Show". This is broadcast at midnight, 3 nights of the week (currently Sun, Mon and Tues). He's uploaded recordings of his shows to PRX, and they are definitely worth a good long listen. Get ready to kick back as there are 34 so far, each about 1 hour long :).

"The Arms of Morpheus": https://laurencestevenson.bandcamp.com/.

How does he do it?

Rather incredibly, he creates these shows on iPad and records them on an ancient netbook using Adobe Audition. Typically his process is to use 3 mobile apps concurrently. Outputs are layered simultaneously in real time via Audiobus where FX and looping are added to taste (AUFX:Dub and AudioReverb mainly).

He uses a number of apps, but the mainstay of his setup is Mixtikl (used all by itself) or Noatikl for driving, via MIDI, whatever synth tickles his fancy that day. His favourite synth apps to use with Noatikl are: Alchemy, Animoog, Addictive, M3000HD (mellotrons!), Magellan, Sunrizer and Thor.

When he hasn't totally maxed out his 16gb with free apps du jour, he loads on SampleTank for things like vibes, etc. Ambient sounds he usually records with his Tascam recorder hung out of the window wherever he is.

If you want to hear what our apps can help with or are just a big fan of ambient or drone, then check out a master at work. In fact, just check out his recordings whatever!

In his words: "Thank you for making this kind of thing possible."

In our words: "Thank you for making and sharing it - here's the link again!"

"The Arms of Morpheus": https://laurencestevenson.bandcamp.com/.